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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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(EDIT - Mon Jun 19th - just added MP3 to my soundclick site -

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pageartist.cfm?bandID=225059

This one's been a tough one to work out music for - originally it was going to be a slowish rock song, but I changed tack completely when I was messing around with acoustic and accidentally changed from D to Dmaj7 instead of to A - I then had to go to Bm and Asus4/6 !!!

Chords for verses are D, A, C, G....
for Chorus, D, Dmaj7, Bm, Asus4/6, G, F#m, E, A, Asus4, A....
for Bridge, Bm, A, G, F#m, G, F#m, E (first two lines) then Bm, A, G, F#m, E, A for next two lines....

I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out....END EDIT)

Song title comes from (I think!) an Alaistair MacLean novel - I've read them all, but none for about 10 years - this phrase kind of lodged itself in my mind, and I thought about my very brief career as a salesman - it lasted a week, then I asked myself "do I want to sell BS for the rest of my life?" answer was no, so I picked up my pay-cheque and left the Monday after....

And it wasn't a bad cheque either - kept me going for a few weeks!

Constant Chameleon.

I re-invent myself at least once a week,
I'm forever changing to play a part,
Just for once I'd like to be me,
And say what's really in my heart......

I tell lies for a living and I do it well,
i can spin a good yarn and tell a good tale,
But I sometimes forget who I really am,
But if I sell you a line then I ain't failed....

I'm the constant chameleon,
I change from day to day,
You won't recognise me tomorrow,
Though I called yesterday....

I've sold ice to eskimos,
That took a touch of class,
And I've sold sand in Saudi Arabia,
The best kind of sand for making glass...

I've sold Tower Bridge a dozen times,
Banked a dozen cheques,
Don't ever play cards with me,
you're playing against a stacked deck....

I'm the constant chameleon,
I change from day to day,
You won't recognise me tomorrow,
Though I called yesterday....

I'm a fake, I'm a con-man, don't mess with me,
You won't see me coming,
You'll see me walking away with your money,
And I'll probably be humming.....

I'm the constant chameleon,
I change from day to day,
You won't recognise me tomorrow,
Though I called yesterday....

And I'll be someone else next week......

_________________________________

I think it qualifies under "Fake"......

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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(@barnabus-rox)
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Hey Vic

This song is so honest , makes me wonder about used car salesmen when they go home .....

Ice to eskimos ( I want to see that :lol: )

The only part I had a little trouble with was

"And I've sold sand in Saudi Arabia"

For me

And I've sold sand in Arabia

Flows better for me ....

No doubt when you sing it ..this will probably change entirely

Good job Vic ( might have to listen for a recording .. )

Hilch

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And here is to me as bad as I am
As good as you are and as bad as I am
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 pbee
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Hey Vic,
what a neat song I love it. I think the chorus is very good and flows well. I wonder about the last verse (on the read) how you might sing that one but I guess I just have to wait for the recording.

cheers

Paul


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Hilch, I'm having trouble with that line...but not with meter - when I sssssing it, it sssssounds like bacon ssssssssssizzling....

Pbee, the last verse:

I'm a fake, I'm a con-man, don't mess with me,
You won't see me coming,
You'll see me walking away with your money,
And I'll probably be humming.....

is actually more of a bridge, I wanted to change it round a little and then change key for the final chorus.....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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oh vic this is hilarious (that was a compliment) :lol:
love the song, so many nice little twists where you are bound to smile, e.g. "I've sold tower bridge a dozen times",
"You'll see me walking away with your money, and I'll probably be humming....."...

very well done, mate
cheered me up
bluenightangel

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Nice song Vic. It flows really well. The line "The best kind of sand for making glass" screws up the meter for me just a beat, so I reread it as "the best for making glass" but I'm sure if you wrote it that way, then it fits your meter.

I really love the chorus.

"I'm the constant chameleon,
I change from day to day,
You won't recognise me tomorrow,
Though I called yesterday...."

That's genius man.

Paul

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Hi Vic

Very good song - good idea and written really well. I really like the two lines in the chorus

You won't recognise me tomorrow,
Though I called yesterday

They really stand out - good wordplay.

Good take on the assignment - certainly fitted my idea of covering up/disguise.

Good stuff

Bob :wink:

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Thanks for all your kind words - MP3 added Mom 19th, I'm quite pleased with the way this one turned out...see original post for more info....

:D :D :D

Vic

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Vic

Well the MP3 sort of surprised me a bit , I was expecting something more rocker ..

But it is very well done , I'm trying to put my finger on the style of music it reminds me of , I was thinking Beetles , Oasis , sort of mixture ..

Ohh never mind me I am probably trying to over analise it ...

One question though how do you record you voice twice and get it to play it together . Every time I have tried this either with guitar or voice I can never get it right , it's always a milli second behind or in front ..

Hilch

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And here is to me as bad as I am
As good as you are and as bad as I am
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Hilch,

When I'm recording - on Audacity - I record the acoustic guitar first.....I then plug the headphones in and record the vocals - when I've done that, I play the whole thing back - usually the vocals are slightly out of synchronisation with the guitar, so I have to cut a tiny bit of the vocal track out - about 1/4 of a second or so - I had to experiment with this for a while until I got it right....

Then (with this song) I recorded a second vocal track - just sang along with the first track, again I had to cut a tiny bit out....

Hope this helps....

:D :D :D

Vic

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Thanks Vic

I'll try this next time I record , ( might be awhile though )

I don't get as much time to myself anymore .. Oh well

Here is to you as good as you are
And here is to me as bad as I am
As good as you are and as bad as I am
I'm as good as you are as bad as I am


   
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 pbee
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Hi Vic,
I think you have every right to be pleased, nice song, nice mp3 the whole thing works very well. I enjoyed the mp3 well done mate.

cheers

Paul


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 Celt
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Vic,

Like Paul said "You should be proud".

Great job on the harmony vocals.

John

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Just back up other people thought by saying this is excellent. I love this part


I'm the constant chameleon,
I change from day to day,
You won't recognise me tomorrow,
Though I called yesterday....

:D


   
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